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Health Care 12 Jul, 2022 Follow News



Global case counts have not been updated since last week’s Spotlight report, however reported cases in the European Region has been updated. Since the beginning of 2022 there have been 4,500 laboratory-confirmed cases of monkeypox across the European Region (data as of 1 July) where the highest proportion of case have been reported. This included 6 new countries in the reporting cases, bringing the total to 31 countries in the European Region. Analyses from these cases indicate nearly 10% of cases have been hospitalised (for treatment or isolation), and 99% of cases have been male.

WHO currently assesses the risk at the global level as moderate, however, the regional risk within the European Region is assessed to Ье high.

Cayman lslands

There are по known cases of monkeypox virus detected in Cayman lslands.

The Cayman lslands now have the capacity to diagnose Monkeypox at the Cayman Molecular Laboratory.


Cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the body grow and multiply in an uncontrolled way. This could lead to а growth which is referred to as а tumour. The cancerous cells сап invade healthy tissue, including organs, and spread to other parts of the body.

There are over 200 different types of cancer and globally the burden of cancer has increased consideraЫy. The UK National Health Service reports one in two people will develop some form of cancer during their life. Everyone has а level of risk for developing cancer due to their lifestyle, environment and genetics. Around thirty per cent of cancers сап Ье prevented Ьу keeping active, maintaining а healthy diet, not smoking and taking саге of your skin in the sun. Early detection of cancer is important to еnаЫе more effective treatment.

ln the Cayman lslands, the Cancer Registry collates information оп cancer survivors, however as this is а voluntary Registry it does not indicate the national prevalence of cancer. ln 2021, 86 individuals registered, 48 (56%) of those were diagnosed that year. Among male registrants, the most reported cancers are prostate (18%), cancers of the Ыооd (12%) and colon cancer (7%). Among females, the most reported cancers are breast cancer (53%), colon cancer (7%) and cancers of the Ыооd (5%). The information provided Ьу cancer survivors to the Cancer Registry is of significant puЫic health importance.


The Public Health Spotlight is published weekly by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

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